Men’s Cross Country Finishes In Top Third at The Battle In Beantown
Marshall Beatty paced the Black Knights at the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown as they placed sixth in the 20-team field. This year's event, one of the nation's top collegiate cross country invitationals, featured 20 teams including No. 6 Arkansas and several programs receiving votes in the USTFCCCA national poll.
Marshall Beatty, who has led Army in the last five meets he has raced in, finished in 18th with a time of 24:41 for his second best time at this event. Mitchell Burr followed with a personal-best time of 25:01 to finish 28th. Erick Lara (25:10), Garrett Gough (25:13), and Matthew Porter (25:16) rounded out the scoring for the Black Knights.
“Our men came into this meet with a strong competitive mindset. We knew that there were some quality teams in the field, and we felt like we could compete near the top of the race so our 6th place finish today was a solid performance, but we can be much better. Arkansas dictated the race after the mile mark and comfortably pulled away. Syracuse, Duke, and Harvard were strong early with numbers of guys up front and we were shadowing those teams and if we do a better job of moving up late in the race, maybe we crack the top 5. As the race developed, we were battling with Yale, Dartmouth, Providence, and Columbia to get into the top 5. We put five in before Providence's fifth, but they had their number 1 runner pretty far up in the front so we couldn't hold them off; however, our pack depth and our top 5 spread of 35 seconds gave us the score we needed to stay ahead of the four other IVY schools in the race. In the end, our depth saved us today as we had some strong races from some young guys that are just starting to emerge as contributors.” - Head Coach Mike Smith. Read more.